“Impiety, n. Your irreverence toward my deity.”
“Irreverence is the champion of liberty and its only sure defense.”
Fuck _____ (fill in the name of any deity, past or present).
There, that ought to do it. I’m an equal…Continue
For weeks, the NFL was involved in a controversy as contentious as the Protestant Reformation: a salary dispute with and concomitant lockout of referees...and their replacement by lower-level officials who have already made countless blunders, failed to understand football's elaborate rules, and even counted an interception as a touchdown by the player who never caught the ball.
Their ineptitude has enraged the fans. In Baltimore, they united into a "fuck you" chant that the…Continue
God is the immemorial refuge of the incompetent, the helpless, the miserable. They find not only sanctuary in His arms, but also a kind of superiority, soothing to their macerated egos: he will set them above their betters.”
“If this is your God, he is not very impressive. He has many psychological problems; he’s so insecure. He demands worship every seven days. He goes out and creates faulty humans and then blames them for his own mistakes.…Continue
“Remarks are not literature.” (27 characters) Gertrude Stein, The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, 1933
Percentage of Americans under 35 who say they text, tweet or check their Facebook pages right after sex: 36. Harper’s Index, Feb. 2010
It is not too surprising that Twitter-hating has grown as fast as Twitter itself. I got over 450,000 hits for “I hate Twitter.” A shot at…Continue
Added by Alan Perlman on September 22, 2012 at 1:30pm — No Comments
[Note: The following was written when I was an adherent of Humanistic Judaism. I have since left the movement and revised the post, but the basic ideas still apply.]
“Soon silence will have passed into legend. Man has turned his back on silence. Day after day he invents machines and devices that increased noise and distract humanity from the essence of life, contemplation, meditation. Tooting, howling, screeching, booming, crashing, whistling, grinding, and…Continue
Added by Alan Perlman on September 19, 2012 at 10:37pm — No Comments
Good evening. Tonight I speak, as always, to my fellow Americans…but also to the entire Muslim world, from those who think theirs is a religion of peace…to the perpetrators of the ongoing insanity of blasphemy laws, jihads, and fatwas – all of you who call yourselves Muslims.
I want to talk to you about the recent resurgence of Muslim insanity. Actually, most of Islam is insanity, but the same is true of all religions, and that’s beside the point.
Sometimes Muslims just go…Continue
"I called to him, rapidly stating what it was I wanted him to do—namely, to examine a small paper with me. Imagine my surprise, nay, my consternation, when without moving from his privacy, Bartleby in a singularly mild, firm voice, replied, ‘I would prefer not to.’
I sat awhile in perfect silence, rallying my stunned faculties. Immediately it occurred to me that my ears had deceived me, or Bartleby had entirely misunderstood my meaning. I repeated my request in the…Continue
Of the many, many things there are to know about 9/11, here are three that I hang on to. Other suggestions are welcome. What is not fact about 9/11 is voluminous: the Jews did it, the government did it, they hate our freedoms, etc., etc. But here are three (proposed) facts:
(1) The horror could have been prevented. Every indication is that the government knew about Muslim men being trained to fly planes. It is common knowledge…Continue
“No child should predecease their parents. I remember what it’s like (PAUSE). It brings back (PAUSE)…It brings back memories…that call, out of the blue.”
Why is football still legal? It’s a serious question. Why maintain, nay, lionize a pastime that wrecks bodies and minds?
A century ago, Teddy Roosevelt, that manliest of…Continue